possible inclusion becomes a model at national level

They call them “gypsies”, a derogatory term that is often accompanied by much worse comments, or they call them “nomads”, in a kind of “bureaucrats” who never consider the specifics of a particular community. Even today, prejudice rules are of interest to public opinion only when they come in the black message or when the police usually “visit” their fields to check names from blacklists, as the law says. But among the “nomads”, there are people who work there, they set passion, they are committed to breaking prejudices and building a model of inclusion that is not just an abstract thing. And of course, there are those same “nomads” who do everything to escape from the pockets of marginalization that they certainly did not choose, despite what the “vulgar” says, too often forget that we are talking about Italian citizens, but before all about people who have such resources, of course duties and even rights. Rights that unfortunately belong more to the legal country than to the real one. Rights not “gifted” by the state, as prejudice and ignorance often and willingly imply, but hard-won rights to be obtained from unwanted ghettos.

The “honors” of the news when it comes to “nomads” are almost exclusively the gray areas and almost never the positive aspects, such as those of the “Beyond the field” project which provides excellence in terms of “possible inclusion”. an innovative intervention model at national level. The project, designed to achieve the integration of Sandricensi families of the Sinti ethnic group, has actually initiated and achieved positive processes that benefit all citizens.

The result of the teamwork of the Parish of Sandrigo in collaboration with the local government, the local schools, the La Vigna Social Cooperative as well as other partners who have put into this experience, the project, funded by the Cariverona Foundation. was activated in January 2020, despite the unexpected events and problems generated by Covid 19. “Beyond the field” has made it possible to sign an employment contract, the start of two jobs, an increase in school attendance for children and the active search for a conventional home. All completed with training courses to spend on the acquisition of skills in the world of work and on legality.

Stories from the field

The aim of the “Oltre il campo” is to embark on a long-term process of change, which will lead to overcoming the current situation in which the families of the so-called “Nomad Camp” live, but who want to participate actively. this process. The project is structured and coordinated in four areas of intervention: work, home, school and community. As explained by Walter Ronzani from the press office of “Oltre il Campo”; “On issues related to housing, support has been initiated for families wishing to leave the Via Galvani camp through participation in the Ater call and negotiations with private individuals: 7 out of 12 families believe it is essential to change the housing context for to be able to emancipate “. As for the work, two internships have started: one at the Il Cengio Social Cooperative in Isola Vicentino and the other at Ipab La Pieve di Breganze. The first, which lasted one year, led to the hiring of the person concerned. The internship was used to teach, in addition to specific skills, the prerequisites needed to enter the world of work. In addition to feeling useful, he also started good relationships with colleagues, whose recognition he recognized – says Ronzani – a second person was involved in an internship at the Ipab laundry in Breganze: this experience also regularly and with satisfaction for both the lady involved and the welcoming institution.These activities, flanked by a number of trainings held by professionals from the sector, pave the way for an effective search for employment for families economically autonomous to do.

In recent months, a practical course has also been organized for a group of young people who could learn the secrets of trading from a house painter. Students were able to apply the skills learned by painting the rooms of Por Sandrigo. Another project that continues to see the two Sinti residents and via Galvani as protagonists, is the collaboration with the municipality for the care of the public green: This activity offers an excellent opportunity to learn specific skills and also the service for to stimulate his own. Territory as it already happened with the participation in the ecological days, which also saw some children of the camp actively. “For the first time – the note goes on – thanks to the work of an educator from Oltre il campo, a boy was given the opportunity to contribute to the project” Am I struggling? together with colleagues from the country: this was a positive experience of the inclusion that made the boy and his whole family proud.

The school

The last months have been particularly difficult in schools due to the health emergency and all the limitations that it has brought with it. However, the Beyond the Field project has made it possible to overcome many critical situations, to support teachers, children and families by supporting and increasing the school attendance of middle and high school children. The intervention of three days a week by an educator and cultural mediator made it possible to better integrate Sinti students in the pedagogical path, who participate with more enthusiasm in didactic activities. In addition, in the autumn-winter efforts were multiplied to help children pursue distance education, to offer them help and support – concludes Ronzani – between a positive experience in the school environment, not self-evident, was the insertion of a child on the Playschool: This step allows him to learn some prerequisites that will surely facilitate his inclusion in the compulsory school. These results allow us to lay the foundations for future positive paths “.

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